The General Assembly committee tasked with nominating a Stated Clerk for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has begun its work, developing a timeline as one of its initial tasks.
The Stated Clerk Nomination Committee gathered May 12–14 in Louisville. The Standing Rules of the General Assembly require the committee to begin its work no later than 300 days prior to the convening of the assembly where a nominee is to be presented. The 222nd General Assembly (2016) will convene June 18, 2016, in Portland, Oregon.
The committee, moderated by Teaching Elder Carol McDonald, constructed the following timeline:
- All application materials must be received by the committee no later than midnight, December 21, 2015.
- Any applicant not being interviewed face-to-face will be notified no later than midnight, February 4, 2016.
- The committee’s nominee will be announced no later than midnight, April 19, 2016.
- Any applicants not nominated who wish to challenge the committee’s nomination must make their intentions known no later than midnight, May 4, 2016.
The committee plans to seek counsel across the PC(USA), and from colleagues in the ecumenical community, as it continues to develop the job description, application, reference-checking, and interviewing processes. The committee will meet again in early September and begin to receive application materials October 1.
Members of the committee are: Ruling Elders Milinda Benallie, Window Rock, Ariz.; Virginia Ramey, State College, Pa.; Claire Rhodes, Hot Springs, Ark.; Linda Therien, El Cajon, Calif.; and Teaching Elders Carol McDonald, Indianapolis, Ind.; Arthur Canada, Charlotte, N.C.; Jose Manuel Capella-Pratts, Miami, Fla.; Jerrod Belton Lowery, Sandy, Utah; and Scott Prouty, Redwood Falls, Minn. Ruling Elder Kathy Lueckert, Prairie Village, Kans., serves as staff resource.